Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Jan 2014 23:08 UTC, submitted by jz
OpenBSD

See the email thread on the misc list for more details.

In light of shrinking funding, we do need to look for a source to cover project expenses. If need be the OpenBSD Foundation can be involved in receiving donations to cover project electrical costs.

But the fact is right now, OpenBSD will shut down if we do not have the funding to keep the lights on.

If you or a company you know are able to assist us, it would be greatly appreciated, but right now we are looking at a significant funding shortfall for the upcoming year - Meaning the project won't be able to cover 20 thousand dollars in electrical expenses before being able to use money for other things. That sort of situation is not sustainable.

The OpenBSD project is the incubator for a number of other projects including OpenSSH and OpenSMTPD. If you use these or just want the project to survive, consider making a donation.

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RE[4]: Cut Back?
by jessesmith on Fri 17th Jan 2014 17:25 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Cut Back?"
jessesmith
Member since:
2010-03-11

I was going to donate to the project until I saw that e-mail. He seems to think the world owes him money to keep development going and is completely against any practical solutions such as trimming architectures, cross-compiling, moving servers or virtualization. It is one thing to ask for one-time donations to help the project through a rough patch. It is entirely something else to throw money down a well knowing the project managers aren't going to make necessary adjustments.

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RE[5]: Cut Back?
by lucas_maximus on Fri 17th Jan 2014 18:08 in reply to "RE[4]: Cut Back?"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

He actually justifies it very well, he says that he would probably lose half of the current developers are the ones that like devving for these systems. The last time I checked it was 80 developers.

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RE[6]: Cut Back?
by jessesmith on Fri 17th Jan 2014 18:39 in reply to "RE[5]: Cut Back?"
jessesmith Member since:
2010-03-11

Which makes more sense, potentially losing 80 developers for losing the entire prject for sure? This is a classic case of missing the forest for the trees. The project needs to evolve or it is likely to die. Personally, I'm hoping they get the funding and can more forward, but if not it'll be a shame if the whole project sinks over what amounts to petty stubborness.

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